April 13th, 2002, 06:12 PM
Hai girls and guys!
In this firewall forum i read nothing about Norton Personal Firewall 2002, not a single word....
Maybe there are no complains, dirty words or bad experiences with that firewall?? *;D
April 14th, 2002, 09:42 AM
There are fundamentally two groups of people who use NIS/NPF. *
First, there's a group of novice firewall users who either find it in the local computer store or end up with a free copy from their ISP (a habit that seems to be becoming more prevalent). *These are the 'set and forget' people, much like those who traditionally rely on the free version of Zone Alarm. *The questions (and complaints) of this group of users make their situation pretty obvious. *(And, in this instance, very few of these people have found the USENET security-related newsgroups, much less the UBB-based forums.)
Then, there's a second (and much smaller) group of NIS/NPF users. *Some of these guys are old AtGuard users, whereas others are transitioning from the first group when they learn that you can peek and poke under the hood in NIS/NPF. *These guys are asking questions, for the most part, instead of flaming. *(True, a lot of the more experienced guys have gotten totally disgusted with the user interface in NIS/NPF, especially as it developed in NIS 3.0+ .) *
So, the first group doesn't post (for the most part) until they get exasperated and the second group asks questions (much like what you find in the Kerio/TPF forum at DSL Reports these days). *
You'll find some NIS/NPF questions in the comp.security.firewalls USENET NNTP newsgroup. *You'll also find some at GRC's *grc.security.software forum from time to time. *However, I think the majority of NIS/NPF users that post frequently are now to be found at DSLR's Security Forum. *That's a pretty mellow group (and besides, we can filch rules from gwion's Tiny/Kerio forum at DSLR! *;) )
There's pretty much a 'live and let live' attitude in the DSLR Security Forum. *You don't find a lot of 'my firewall can beat up your firewall' postings. *For that matter, you often find people that use one vendor's firewall making suggestions that might be useful to others using other vendors' products. *Actually, DSLR Security contains some of the best answers I've ever seen to the eternal "What's the Best Firewall?" question.
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